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On this Day in the Irish News: April 12 1999

NFL quarter-final: Cork 3-14 Derry 1-6

From Orla Bannon at Croke Park

FIVE minutes of madness in the Derry defence cost the team three goals and a chance of making the semi-finals in a miserable display yesterday against a rampant Cork side.

Between the 13th and 18th minutes of the first half, Derry were ripped open with two goals from full-forward Mark O’Sullivan and another from Joe Kavanagh which ultimately decided the contest.

The scoring burst prompted unhappy memories of two years ago, at the same venue and same stage of the competition, when Hugh Emerson of Laois fired a quick hat-trick.

It was not just conceding three goals which worried the management, but the comprehensive manner of defeat with Derrymen out-performed in every position. Afterwards Eamon Coleman looked a little bemused by the 14-point drubbing.

“What can you say about a defeat like that,” he said.

“Them three wonder goals came at the right time for Cork and they had their work done after that.”

Admitting his first trip back to Croke Park in his second stint with Derry had turned out to be “a big surprise” the joint-manager said he was downhearted but his team would be stronger come championship time.

Henry and Seamus Downey and Kieran McKeever should all be ready for the summer campaign, Coleman adding dryly: “We’ll need them all”.

Bass Irish Cup

By Kenny Archer

CLIFTONVILLE are unlikely to make any official complaint about having to take up ‘residency’ at Windsor Park – particularly if their visits lead to a repeat of the 1979 Bass Irish Cup final.

After Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Linfield, manager Marty Quinn hit out at their semi-final replay being fixed for the Blues’ home ground next Tuesday, making three consecutive cup ties at the venue, rather than having any on neutral territory or at Solitude.

In the season when Linfield finally returned to Solitude, Quinn acknowledged the irony of the football authorities scheduling all the ties at Windsor, including tomorrow night’s Coca-Cola Cup semi-final against the Blues.

“I don’t think the club will take the matter any further,” said Quinn, “but I just wanted to air my grievances. Most people would agree that at least one of the games should be at Solitude.”

However, the Reds would be delighted to go back again and revive ‘the Spirit of ‘79’ in the final at Windsor, where they famously beat Portadown 3- 2 in the thrilling final of 20 years ago.

Ronnie McFall’s men have already booked their place in the May Day decider at HQ, courtesy of a 2-0 win over Ballymena United at the Oval with goals from skipper Brian Strain and teenager Richard Clarke.

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